Nearly a year after starting the “middbeat BEATS” feature, I’ve run out of friends to ask to make playlists. As a result, I’ve tried to reach out of my comfort zone asking professors, peripheral acquaintances, and musicians on campus to share some of their favorite music on the blog. It’s a bit of an awkward proposition to make to someone you don’t really know, and there’s always the fear that he or she might send a playlist of music that I’ll hate. So, when Brandon Gell ’16 came up to me at a party and energetically said “Dood, I want to make a playlist for you. Actually, I already have one ready…I could email it to right now if you want,” I was both excited and ambivalent.
Brandon is an Architectural Studies major, Ski Patroller at the Bowl, and bike shop aficionado. All good stuff, but certainly not indicative of someone with good music taste. Fortunately, I chose not to be a cynical musik douchebag and accepted his offer…long story short, I’ve been listening to his playlist incessantly for the past few days. It’s a upbeat mix of songs by some of my favorite artists (read The Wood Brothers and Outkast) and some that I’d never heard of (Fyfe’s “Solace” is an absolute jam). It’s hard to pinpoint a general theme or feel of the entire playlist, but they’re all the kinds of songs that make you “bob ya head and stomp ya feet”, without even realizing it. I also learned a great deal more about Brandon that I imagine any short-lived conversation at a hazy party would produce. He loves double stuf oreos (with milk of course), owns an extensive vinyl collection, backcountry skis with a loud speaker in his pack, and is in the minority of (crazy) students sad about the coming of spring. Here’s what he had to say about his playlist:
I made this playlist while sitting on the porch of the Snow Bowl lodge. I chose each individual song because when I listen to them I am infused with audible happiness that reminds me that while this winter season is moving onto the Spring, it’ll be back soon enough. Similar to the differences in seasons, this playlist exhibits different genres of music but all maintain a similar vibe. I think all the music that I listen to has this sort of sound, and I can only assume I’ve acquired this taste for music because of my incessant listening to classic rock at a young age. I remember being 10 and asking my sister why the hell she would listen to rap when Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing, or Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home was the epitome of good music. My music taste eventually accepted all genres, and I like to keep exploring sounds through my WRMC radio show, Zen Lunatics, as well as playing guitar and going to as my concerts as I can afford.
Click after the jump to read more about his favorite songs on the playlist!